McConnell will move to acquit Trump if he's impeached, not merely dismiss charges, 2 Republican senators say

By Ted Barrett and Manu Raju, CNN
Updated 8:08 AM ET, Thu December 12, 2019
McConnell pushing for short Senate trial

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote to acquit President Donald Trump, should he be impeached, when a majority of senators believe his trial has run its course instead of holding a vote on dismissing the articles of impeachment, two Republican senators told CNN on Wednesday.

Republicans want to have a vote on acquittal – to clear the President of the charges against him – not simply rely on a 51-vote threshold procedural motion to dismiss the hotly disputed case.

The Constitution mandates 67 votes are required to convict the President and remove him from office, a barrier widely considered too high to be reached in this case.

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